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State to discuss timeline for nursing home evictions

BATON ROUGE, La. (KTAL) - Louisiana health officials will hold a news conference today to address the state's timeline for issuing nursing home eviction notices due to budget cuts.

The state says if the current budget that was approved by the House stands, over 31,000 residents, including over 5,000 in northwest Louisiana, could be forced out of their nursing homes due to budget cuts to the Department of Health. 

Jay Dardenne, Commissioner of the Division of Administration, and Dr. Rebekah Gee, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health, will discuss the timeline this afternoon at 1 p.m.

In a statement from Governor John Bel Edwards' office calls this a 'unprecedented step for LDH to take, but it is the state’s goal to give notice to everyone who could be affected as soon as possible so that they can begin developing appropriate plans'. 

The Louisiana Department of Health say they know individuals and families will have many questions and concerns once they receive the written notifications.

To address their questions, the Department of Health will provide information on its website, www.ldh.la.gov, and Medicaid will staff its call center 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 888-342-6207.

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